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MACVOTES MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2018

On October 22nd, 2018, the City of Hamilton will determine the new Mayor of the city as well as it's Ward Councillors  - and we want to ensure that your voice is heard!

The October 16 Ward 1 candidates date held in MUSC:

Voting is an important and powerful function of your democratic rights, be it at a federal, provincial, or municipal level. Your opinion and your vote can and do matter, and they make a significant impact in the direction Hamilton takes as a city. As a postsecondary student, you are eligible to vote as long as you are a Canadian citizen over the age of 18 residing in the local municipal region. You can vote for both the Mayoral candidate you feel best resonates with you, as well as for a Ward Councillor candidate in your area.

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The issues inherent to an election are complex, however that does not mean they should be avoided. It is important for students to take an informed stance, especially given the declining voter turnout in federal and provincial elections. Historically, voter turnout has been low for municipal elections. It’s incredibly important for students to go out and advocate for themselves on who gets to represent them on a local issue. Municipal politics may not be as engaging as the provincial and federal governments, but they are equally as important. Ever been at a bus stop and seen an HSR drive straight past you? Do you currently live in a house with inadequate heat or too many people? These are all issues that a City Councillor would address, hence why it is imperative that students go out and vote this year!

As students, you represent a large and vital demographic. In order to communicate what you feel are pressing issues, it is important that you are informed and ready to vote come October 22nd. So take the time to look over the information on this site and review the Election FAQs, the Mayoral Candidates, and the Ward 1 Councillor Candidates. Read more into the issues that matter to you, be it student housing, city transit, or economic development. Follow debates leading up the election, and don't hesitate to get involved and ask questions relevant to you. Visit this page often to stay up to date, and share your thoughts and opinions with us via Twitter and Facebook while spreading the word with the #MacVotes hash tag.

Remember to raise your voice this election, and to help direct Hamilton in a direction you feel is important for the future of the city and McMaster. On October 22nd, show them that MacVotes! 

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